Notes & Reviews:
Following Mahler's Ninth and Bruckner's Fifth, this live recording of Joseph Haydn's "The Creation" is already the third CD recording to feature the masterly Bernard Haitink at the helm of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. Haitink has been a guest conductor of the orchestra for over 50 years now. Haydn's oratorio "The Creation", first performed in 1798, instantly became an established part of the repertoire and the greatest success the composer had ever experienced. Today, it still ranks as an important test for any ensemble of soloists, choir and orchestra. The Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and its Choir joined forces for this recording, together with a team of renowned soloists. The solo parts of the three archangels are sung by renowned soprano Camilla Tilling, Mark Padmore, who can also be heard in the BR-KLASSIK recording of Britten's "War Requiem", and bass-baritone Hanno Müller-Brachmann who, as a representative of the younger generation, is enjoying a remarkable operatic, lieder and concert career. - Long-term cooperation between the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Bernard Haitink - The third BR-KLASSIK release featuring Bernard Haitink - The first and only recording on the market of "The Creation" with Bernard Haitink - Repertoire value: the most important work by Joseph Haydn - Exciting live atmosphere
American Record Guide, January/February 2015
This performance was recorded at a Munich concert in December 2013. It has a lot to recommend it, beginning with Haitink, who was 84 at the time. He paces the work slowly enough to have some lyric grace, but also quickly enough to maintain a sense of freshness and innocence. The orchestra plays very well, and the chorus - large and a little unkempt - is just right for the piece.
Recording information: Herkulessaal der Residenz, München (12/19/2013-12/20/2013).
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Works DetailsHaydn, Franz Joseph : The Creation, H 21 no 2
- Conductor: Bernard Haitink
- Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
- Notes: Herkulessaal der Residenz, München (12/19/2013-12/20/2013)
- Running Time: 87 min. 53 sec.
- Period Time: Classical
- Form: Cantata/Oratorio
- Written: 1798